Honorary graduates winter 2018

On Thursday 18th January, Keele awarded Honorary Doctorates to two inspirational individuals in recognition of their distinguished careers and significant contributions to society.

Becci Bryant of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, and Keele's Dave Emley BEM, joined hundreds of students who were celebrating their academic achievements.

Becci Bryant

Becci Bryant is currently Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, and is the first woman in the UK to have achieved this prestigious position, after beginning her career as a firefighter.

Speaking about her award, Becci commented:

“It is an absolute honour to receive an honorary degree from Keele University and as an alumni of the University it makes the award even more special. I am very humbled to think that my contributions to the Fire Service and importantly the communities of this great County have been viewed as worthy of such recognition.”

Dave Emley BEM

Dave Emley BEM worked at Keele University as a technician for over 40 years until he retired in 2016, and during that time contributed an enormous amount of effort in showcasing the natural history and beauty of the campus - in addition to his day job - coming up with the idea to turn the campus into an arboretum and inspiring generations of staff, students and visitors. He continues to run free guided walks around the campus in his retirement. Dave commented:

“I am thrilled and deeply touched to receive this award. It has been a great pleasure to pass on my knowledge of the natural world to staff, students and visitors to Keele while at the same time promoting our wonderful campus to a wider audience.”